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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, December 11, 1974

By Laura Lorenz

Desolate and forlorn today—with a fire-gutted roof—is this only remaining building of the Sandstrom Mill. Around 1910 the mill, located near the present Wilderness Village Shopping Center, was one of the most active spots in the valley. About 50 men worked there at the mill’s peak. Laura Lorenz, with help from the Greater Maple Valley Historical Society, traces its history in the article below. (Voice photo by Lowell Lorenz.)

Desolate and forlorn today—with a fire-gutted roof—is this only remaining building of the Sandstrom Mill. Around 1910 the mill, located near the present Wilderness Village Shopping Center, was one of the most active spots in the valley. About 50 men worked there at the mill’s peak. Laura Lorenz, with help from the Greater Maple Valley Historical Society, traces its history in the article below. (Voice photo by Lowell Lorenz.)

A fire during the last week of November gutted the only remaining building of the Sandstrom Mill.

The cause of the mid-morning fire, which destroyed the old white-framed caretaker’s house, is being investigated, says Fire Marshal Larry Johnson.

The mill itself, our historians recall, was located at the Dowlings Cut, so named after a railroad employee who helped lay the tracks through the area. It is better described as the empty flat land to the northeast of Witte Road and Highway 169, diagonally across from the present Wilderness Village Shopping Center. (more…)

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